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Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2012 3:59 a.m. PST

And if so what did you think of it.

Yes – it's very good
Yes – it's ok
Yes – it's dreadful
No but I've seen the film (first version)
No but I've seen the film (second version)
No but I've seen the film (first & second version)
Not a wargamer
Can't read
I like Robins

Martin Rapier03 Sep 2012 4:07 a.m. PST

Yes, it is OK. I've also seen both film versions.

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2012 4:08 a.m. PST

Yes, it's ok, saw the film as well

Major Mike03 Sep 2012 4:21 a.m. PST

No, seen both films

galvinm03 Sep 2012 4:32 a.m. PST

Yes. It's very good.

Yes, I've seen both films.

Pictors Studio03 Sep 2012 4:33 a.m. PST

Yes, it is okay. I also saw the movies and own the older one.

Gennorm03 Sep 2012 4:34 a.m. PST


Engmarkinus203 Sep 2012 4:40 a.m. PST

Yes, very good and have seen both films.

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2012 4:53 a.m. PST

Yes and I've seen both films. The book was OK. The first movie was quite good for it's time. The second had this 'John Boy' problem. Used to say never send John Boy Walton to do a man's job.
Type casting can work for one. It can also work against one.

Privateer4hire03 Sep 2012 4:58 a.m. PST

Yes, the book is okay. Never saw it in film.

Ilkley Old School03 Sep 2012 5:51 a.m. PST

Book is OK but I prefer Ludwig Renns 'War'. Ernst Jungers Storm of Steel is also good.

Dynaman878903 Sep 2012 5:53 a.m. PST

Saw both movies, agree with the John Boy problem. Both movies are good- I will get round to reading the book someday.

redbanner414503 Sep 2012 6:00 a.m. PST

book and 1st movie long ago, both excellent.

Mr Elmo03 Sep 2012 6:18 a.m. PST

It was on the High School reading list; so yes.

14Bore03 Sep 2012 6:21 a.m. PST

First version is classic

John the OFM03 Sep 2012 6:23 a.m. PST

Yes, many years ago. I would not be ready to take a test on it, though.

Oddball03 Sep 2012 6:38 a.m. PST

Yes, years ago. I've also watched both films. I like the one with "John Boy" more than the original.

Beowulf Supporting Member of TMP Fezian03 Sep 2012 6:42 a.m. PST


peterx Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2012 6:47 a.m. PST

Yes, I read it years ago. I thought is was very good.

David Miniature Armies03 Sep 2012 6:56 a.m. PST

I'm with oddball liked the John Boy version better.

hetzer03 Sep 2012 7:03 a.m. PST

Yes, its very good. Saw both versions liked the original.

Capt John Miller03 Sep 2012 7:09 a.m. PST

Yes, back in high school as it was on the reading list. I did see the John Boy version of th emovie and I found it fine. I have yet to see the original version though.

John Switzer Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2012 7:20 a.m. PST

Yes, in was on my high school reading lst.

John D Salt03 Sep 2012 7:33 a.m. PST

Read the book, own the original film, was blissfully unaware until now that anyone had been daft enough to attempt a remake. The book I recall as OK, and probably would have rated it higher were it not for the very high regard in which it seems generally to be held. The film I thought was brilliant when I first saw it, less so on repeated viewings.

So who's going to try to make a film of "Storm of Steel"?

All the best,


Jeigheff03 Sep 2012 7:36 a.m. PST

Yes, when I was a teenager (over thirty years ago.)

Dn Jackson03 Sep 2012 7:39 a.m. PST

Very good book. I made the mistake of reading while sitting in Saudi Arabia waiting to cross the border in 1991. Haven't been able to make myself read it again as the description of combat is just too well done. Saw both movies and liked them both.

Jimmy da Purple03 Sep 2012 7:59 a.m. PST

I read it in 6th or 7th grade and then after being in the army. Thought it was great. Movie was good too. I need to read/see it again. Its been awhile.

Matt Black03 Sep 2012 8:23 a.m. PST

'Yes it's ok'

but Ernst Junger's 'Storm of Steel' is a far more interesting read.

Martin Rapier03 Sep 2012 8:32 a.m. PST

"So who's going to try to make a film of "Storm of Steel"?"

Now that would be worth seeing, and very much at odds with the whole lions led by donkeys thing.

Critics would complain that the encounter with his brother was far too corny and nothing like that would ever happen in real life:)

Stern Rake Studio03 Sep 2012 8:56 a.m. PST

Yes, it was okay and I saw both versions of the film.


Coabeous03 Sep 2012 9:30 a.m. PST

Yes, it was good.


CeruLucifus03 Sep 2012 10:03 a.m. PST

Read it in high school. Probably did not appreciate it. Cannot recall if I saw the film as I may be thinking of "The Grand Illusion"; if I did, it would have been the original.

I should re-read the book, will probably get much more out of it. Thanks for bringing this up.

Looks like it's available as an e-book from B&N for $5.99 USD, from Amazon for $4.99 USD, and from several (legal) sites for free. Used paper editions on Amazon start at 1 penny.

mad monkey 103 Sep 2012 10:50 a.m. PST

No but I've seen the film (first & second version)

doug redshirt03 Sep 2012 11:51 a.m. PST

Read the book and seen both versions of the film. Liked the second version of the film a little better.

Ralphio03 Sep 2012 1:23 p.m. PST

YES I read the book.

Phillius Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Sep 2012 1:27 p.m. PST

Ernst Jungers Storm of Steel is the original. So much of the film (I've seen the German one but not read the book) is based on SoS, that I wonder if the book isn't just a fictionalised version?

cfuzwuz Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2012 2:07 p.m. PST

Read the book long ago. Liked it a lot then. Both films are good.

kyoteblue03 Sep 2012 3:04 p.m. PST



Read the book in college, have seen neither film.

Cerberus031103 Sep 2012 3:51 p.m. PST

Read the book and enjoy it every time I read it.

Dont like the movies. They dont get the pacing of the book which IMO is the reason the book holds together so well.

Jungers "Storm of Steel" is a very good read and just as powerful. If only because it tells it tale from an 180* viewpoint of Remarque.

ochoin deach03 Sep 2012 4:20 p.m. PST


Up there with 'Red Badge of Courage' & 'War & Peace' as war novels.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2012 5:38 p.m. PST

Looks like it's available as an e-book from B&N for $5.99 USD USD, from Amazon for $4.99 USD USD, and from several (legal) sites for free. Used paper editions on Amazon start at 1 penny.

I recently got (and read) a nice remaindered pocket hardback edition for £2.00 GBP – it was from a "banned books series" : All quiet on the western front was banned and burned by the nazis for telling the truth about war (sorry, seeming to advocate German pacifism).

Obviously I was a reading a translation, but one thing that struck me was that it had some beautiful and powerfully moving descriptive passages – not something we automatically associate with the trenches.

flooglestreet03 Sep 2012 6:44 p.m. PST

Yes and it's very good. I saw the first(?) film and used to hear Ernest Borgnine complaining about short rounds when artillery flew over my position. Didn't need that.

Agesilaus03 Sep 2012 7:28 p.m. PST

Yes, very good. Saw the movies, I recommend the first version.

Charlie 1203 Sep 2012 8:03 p.m. PST

Yes, very good and have seen both films (although I prefer the first film).

Glengarry503 Sep 2012 9:58 p.m. PST

Yes, very good… read it twice, liked the movies (the 1st more than the second) and read the Classics illustrated comic book.

Ilkley Old School04 Sep 2012 4:36 a.m. PST

Am I the only one to have read Ludwig Renns – War ?

He is an interesting character as well


BTW Ernst Junger kept re writting SOS so each version was different so it was very much an evolving story

Keelhauled04 Sep 2012 9:24 a.m. PST

Yes, read the book & saw the film. knew of the remake, but have not seen it. Thought it was a good read.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2012 9:51 a.m. PST

Yes, in college I believe.

goragrad04 Sep 2012 10:05 a.m. PST

Never have. When I was younger I didn't care for 'anti-war' books. Later I turned to SF and fantasy and got away from historical.

May give a look sometime when I am in a book store.

Think I may have seen parts of the first film. Remember seeing 'John Boy' in German uniform so definitely saw part of the second.

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